Hughie O’Donoghue was born in Manchester, England, although many of his early summers were spent in Bangor Erris, North-west Mayo, from where his mother had reluctantly emigrated in 1937. The stark Irish scenery with its accompanying sense of tragedy, derived from the days of The Great Famine, found later expression in O’Donoghue’s art.
O’Donoghue became a dedicated student of art, studying drawing and painting at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and since then has been exhibiting his work in a variety of international solo and group exhibitions, gradually evolving a style of art all of his own. His painterly skills, together with his research into his subjects, has enabled him to produce a highly acclaimed body of work, several prestigious awards (including an honorary doctorate from University College Cork) and a distinguished reputation, not least for his masterful expression of human suffering. He has exhibited widely in the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Australia, and the USA.
Hughie was elected as a member of the Royal Academy in 2009.
Hughie is considered one of the leading painters of his generation, he was recently selected to design windows for the Henry V11, Lady Chapel, at Westminster Abbey.
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2013 University Gallery, Newcastle
2012 Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
2011 DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
2008 James Hyman Gallery, London
2007 Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin, Germany University Gallery and Baring Wing, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
2006 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
2005 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London Fenton Gallery, Cork
2004 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh and Callan Friary, Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland
2003 Imperial War Museum London; Imperial War Museum North Manchester
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford, England
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England
British Museum, London, England
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, England
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, England
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, England
Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland
The Imperial War Museum, London, England
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
The National Gallery, London, England
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
University of Michigan, Museum of Art, Ann Arbour, USA
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, England
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, England
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA